Ben Lowings has sailed dinghies and yachts everywhere from the Norwegian Arctic to 'Windy Wellington' in New Zealand. He's rafted whitewater in India, California and Uganda and kayaked off Queensland. An ex-newsreader for Radio New Zealand, he's spent more than a decade at the BBC World Service, reporting from the Philippines during typhoons and following Australian peacekeepers in the Solomons. Aside from editor shifts, he skippers commercial yacht deliveries around Britain. He read English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and has written for Marine Quarterly, Classic Sailor, Earthlines and Island Review. He lives near the Thames in Berkshire with his wife and son.